Now 20 years into their career, erudite French indie pop quartet Phoenix are basically part of the arena rock fraternity. Well, almost. They play the 10,000-capacity Alexandra Palace in London on 30 September in support of this year’s album, Ti Amo, the follow-up to 2013’s international breakthrough Bankrupt!, which broke the US top five. While they may look like a bunch of slightly fey hipster librarians, their live shows offer up a muscular display of hook-laden, danceable rock. They’ve also splashed some cash on a fancy lightshow this time around, so make sure you’ve got an Instagram Story ready to go.
At Alexandra Palace, N22, 30 September
After arriving from nowhere with 2013’s amazing Cut 4 Me mixtape, experimental R&B practitioner Kelela – who lists her influences as “R&B, jazz and Björk” – will finally release her debut album proper on 6 October. Take Me Apart was announced alongside her catchiest moment so far in the shape of casual sex anthem, LMK.
Brian Warner, AKA testicle-flicking facepaint enthusiast Marilyn Manson, is back with his 10th studio album Heaven Upside Down (out 6 October). If you’re worried old age has mellowed him, then fear not: song titles include Kill4Me, We Know Where You Fucking Live and Je$u$ Cri$i$.
Blade Runner 2049
Thirty-five years after the original comes this Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel, which features Ryan Gosling’s LAPD Officer K, support from Robin Wright and Jared Leto, a dark secret of some kind and a typically crabby-looking Harrison Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. The whole thing is two hours and 43 minutes long, so perhaps bring a comfy cushion.
On general release from 5 October
Why Cosby Unraveled
This nine-part podcast – available now on all podcast platforms – explores Bill Cosby’s rise, the heights of his influence and the causes of his downfall following allegations of sexual assaults.
Degas: A Passion for Perfection
This exhibition marks the centenary of Degas’s death with a celebration of his achievements, focusing on how he painstakingly honed his skills. As well as including his famous paintings and sculptures, the exhibition looks at his influences and those he influenced.
At Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 3 October to 14 January
This season of exhibitions and events at the Science Museum in London celebrates India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics via two major exhibitions: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857-2017. The varied season will also include film screenings, music performances and conversations with experts in conjunction with India’s 70 years of independence.
At the Science Museum, SW7, 4 October to 31 March
The Barber of Seville
Gioachino Rossini’s enduring and playful opera about bribery, deception and disguise returns for a new run in London. Directed once again by Jonathan Miller, and starring Morgan Pearse as Figaro, it’s the English National Opera at its most playful, all OTT emotions and exaggerated physical comedy. Oh, and some lovely singing, obviously.
At the Coliseum, WC2, 5-30 October
Subtitled The Uncertainty Principle, Tony and Olivier award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’s two-hander – which played on Broadway last year – explores the idea of chance after two strangers meet amid the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives changed for ever. Starring Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham and featuring the creative team behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the play opens at Wyndham’s theatre, WC2, on 3 October and runs until 6 January.
Manchester literature festival
Now in its 11th year, this literary festival offers up the chance to experience some live literature and talks with various authors ranging from Will Self discussing his new novel Phone to comedian and author Sarah Millican chatting about her debut book, How to Be Champion, which apparently touches on “the excitement of IBS”.
At various venues from 6 October